On Sunday, November 6, Rev. Pressley Sutherland will join us in worship and for a workshop to help us kick off our search for a settled pastor. Rev. Sutherland is the Assistant Director of the Office of Church Life and Health and is an experienced interim leader himself. He graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and trained at MCC New York. He has pastored congregations in London, Cape Town South Africa, St. Louis and Tampa. Come to hear what our next season of transformation will bring.
In this season of Advent as we prepare again to celebrate the coming of the Christ in history into our lives today and in the end of time, Pastor David will lead a five-week study.
“We will have the chance to look at some Biblical figures on whom we don’t always focus during Advent. Somewhat surprisingly, Tamar, Ruth, Mary, Zachariah, Elizabeth, and the Magi ask questions that resonate with Christians today. Our study will be on five Tuesday nights beginning November 22nd leading up ‘til Christmas.”
The Study is based on a guide available from Christianbook.com, stock #09825.
Join us for our first Transformation Chew and Chat on Sunday, October 16 when we will consider the question “If the house is on fire what do you grab and take with you?” We specifically will be considering this in the context of our community at St. John’s, but your answers may tell you something about your own core values and beliefs.
Come prepared to contemplate and play. We also will be doing a “word mapping” project where we will nominate our own single words – adjectives, nouns or even verbs – that best describe what we value at St. John’s.
Our “chew” for the day is chili. We will host a St. John’s Chili Cook Off! Sign up on Sunday to enter a crock pot of your favorite chili recipe. Only the first seven entries will be considered, or you can bring cornbread, salad, beverages, or a dessert. Team entries are welcome. A grand prize as well as one honorable mention will be awarded.
Join us for a hot afternoon!
The Stewardship Team will offer a special Book Study beginning on Tuesday, September 6th. The book for this study will be The Blessed Life: Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Living by Robert Morris. The book study will focus on the stewardship of your tithes, treasures, and talents. This is a six-week study. Books can be purchased from Amazon ($16.99 new; used copies are available) and an e-book is available from Amazon ($9.99) and iTunes ($12.99).
There is a sign-up sheet outside the Church Office.